Human Rights Instruments

Survivors seek U.N. pressure on Philippines

Desperate survivors of last year's hostage-taking in Manila and relatives of those killed in the drama are seeking help from the UN to press the Philippine government for an apology and to make reparations.

Sunday, 16 October, 2011, 12:00am

Stateless and stuck on the way to Samoa

In the dead of night, without time to say goodbye to friends and family, and carrying only a backpack stuffed with clothes, Michael set off on a journey from his ex-Soviet state to Samoa. But soon after going through Kazakhstan, into Xinjiang and across China by train, he hit roadblocks in Hong Kong that have kept him stuck here for the last five years.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Don't wave rights covenant to China to demand democracy

Anson Chan Fang On-sang overplayed the significance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the political context of Hong Kong's democratisation ('Hidden Agenda', December 4).

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Art of the covenant

Taiwan celebrated International Human Rights Day on Thursday in the best possible fashion - by implementing the provisions of the world's two most important human rights treaties as domestic law.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Will Beijing follow Taipei's lead on human rights?

On May 14, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou fulfilled a campaign pledge by signing the ratification instruments of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The legislature had, shortly before, incorporated the content of the two covenants into Taiwan's domestic law.

28 May 2009 - 12:00am

Work remains to honour the world's bill of rights

Sixty years ago today, the United Nations made history when its then 58 member states adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It came about as the world recoiled in horror from the carnage and destruction of the second world war. Through the years, the declaration has been a beacon of hope for people everywhere struggling for dignity, justice and freedom.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Torture under scrutiny

As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is important to note that the administration of justice in China is increasingly being exposed to world opinion. While recent US policy and practice have made Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib symbols of unacceptable abuse, China's torture problems are far more pervasive and systemic.

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Screening of torture claims put to the test

A challenge to Hong Kong's system of screening torture claims by people claiming asylum will begin in the High Court today.

Human rights lawyer Mark Daly said the judicial review, focusing on six cases, would highlight several flaws in the government's approach.

'This case will investigate the fairness of the system they have set up,' Mr Daly said.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

UN presses city over racism bill

The clock is ticking for the government to account for its controversial Race Discrimination Bill and make revisions to any inadequacies, after the United Nations set a deadline for the administration to deliver its report.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Panel vows to push for action on race discrimination bill

A Legislative Council bills committee will consider proposing an amendment to the Race Discrimination Bill if the government continues to ignore its concerns, the committee chairwoman said yesterday.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Government insists exemptions to UN rights covenant still apply

The government has released its response to criticisms by the UN Human Rights Committee about universal and equal suffrage for the Legislative Council, right of abode, media independence and investigation of complaints against the police.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Legal experts have every right to comment on political reform

The notion that legal arguments are irrelevant to the discussion of political reform as espoused by Alex Chan ('Legal experts should steer clear of politics', October 27) is plain wrong.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Dissent on indigenous rights is disappointing

After 20 long years of back-room diplomatic negotiations, the United Nations Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples, which was passed yesterday, is probably as good as it was ever going to be.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

UN urged to denounce Basic Law intervention

The UN was last night urged by the Democratic Party to denounce the government for asking Beijing to interpret the Basic Law over the chief executive's term of office.

A special rapporteur should also be appointed to study the impact of such interpretations on Hong Kong's autonomy and protection under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the party said.

21 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Human rights hurdle

A mainland leader says Beijing may ratify a sensitive human rights treaty - the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - after years of delay. Isn't this a tall order for the mainland? Share your views: write to us

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am